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Fomer Merryville Police Chief sued

3 years 10 months 2 weeks ago July 05, 2013 Jul 5, 2013 Friday, July 05 2013 July 05, 2013 11:01 AM in News
Source: Associated Press

DERIDDER - Two women have sued Merryville's former police chief, accusing James Fowler of stopping their car without justification and making them submit to a strip search on the street.

The American Press reported Thursday that the Town of Merryville and the Merryville Police Department are co-defendants.

Merryville is on the Texas border north of Lake Charles near DeRidder.

Fowler did not immediately answer a telephone message from The Associated Press at his home Friday. Calls to Town Hall were not answered. Police Chief Jason Lanier did not immediately answer a call for comment.

Fowler pleaded guilty in April to abusing his office and was sentenced to 60 days in jail.

The suit was filed in March, about a year after the alleged incident.

Merryville and its police department asked in April for it to be moved from district court to federal court.


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